On Monday I wrote "I hope we get a dip to the 50-day at 1306" and a rebound so we can add more plays. Wish fulfilled.

The S&P dipped at the open to 1305.26 and immediately rebounded to close at 1319. That was a little more rebound than I would have wished for but I guess we can't be picky.

It stalled right at decent resistance at 1320. With a couple more days of window dressing potential ahead of us I expect that resistance to be broken but the resistance at 1330 to probably hold.

At least I think we have a floor for the next few days.

The dip at the open did knock us out of the Flowserve position. The stop was $122.95 and the low for the day on the opening dip was $122.94. Since we have missed being stopped by a couple cents many times we can't complain about this exit. The dip produced the high of the day on the option at 65-cents and we entered the position at $1.40 so no harm, no foul.

CAT, CF and FLR are still well above the stops.

I am only adding two plays just in case the window undressing is ugly once the new quarter arrives.

Jim Brown

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New Recommendations

DNDN - Dendreon $35.88 (Short Put)

Collins Stewart initiated coverage on Dendreon with a buy rating on Tuesday saying the company is rapidly increasing production in order to meet demand. He set a price target of $55 and the stock is only $36. Dendreon is a biotech company specializing on cancer.

The trend over the last week has been vertical and the upgrade applied extra fuel for the fire.

Do not enter this position unless the S&P and DNDN are both positive.

Sell short DNDN May $33 Put, currently $1.25, stop $33.75

Chart of DNDN

New Long Term Recommendations

MCP - MolyCorp $59.65 (Short Put)

MolyCorp is a rare earth miner. They acquired the largest mine outside China and are in the process of reopening it. Rare earths are in high demand and China has cut back on exports by about 85% in the last two years. They will be a net importer by 2015. The price of rare earths has more than doubled in the last year.

JP Morgan raised the price target on MCP on Tuesday to $74 from $66 and has a buy recommendation.

By selling the May put at $10 out of the money we have a significant amount of congestive support at $55.

Do not enter this position unless the S&P and MCP are both positive.

SELL SHORT MCP MAY $50 Put, currently $2.10, stop $54.95.

Chart of MCP

New Aggressive Recommendations


Margin Requirements:

There are several different formulas for determining margin requirements for naked put writing. These are normally broker specific and some can require larger margin requirements than others.

Here is the most common margin calculation for naked puts.

100% of the option premium + ((20% of the Underlying Market Value) - (OTM Value))

For simplicity of calculation simply use 20% of the underlying stock price and you will always be safe. ($25 stock * 20% = $5 margin)

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